Vote for Our MK in the Tech4Good Awards!

We are proud to announce that Our MK has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards – 32 amazing businesses, charities and individuals who use digital technology to make the world a better place.

The finalists have been shortlisted in eight categories but you can vote for Our MK to win the Tech4Good People’s Award, which will be announced at the awards ceremony on 11 July. Our MK is a finalist in the Community Impact Category.

We need your help! Nominate Our MK to win the People’s Awards Category by using social media.

Our unique hashtag is

#T4GOurMK

Every time this hashtag is used, Our MK will get a vote for the People’s Award!

Help us promote the great work that happens in Milton Keynes by sharing on social media (Twitter and Instagram in particular). Here is a sample tweet:

#T4GOurMK I vote for #OurMK, a great project in #MiltonKeynes powered by @MKSmartProject in #Tech4goodawards #lovemk 

You can vote for Our MK here

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Tackling social isolation of older residents of MK with a digital map

AgeUK Milton Keynes and MK Gallery held their third workshop on Tuesday 9 May. This is a series of workshops in which information is gathered from older residents of Milton Keynes to assist Virtual Viewing in developing an age-friendly digital map of the Theatre District in Milton Keynes. AgeUK MK and MK Gallery recognise that older residents are becoming increasingly  isolated in Milton Keynes and the digital map would be one way of attracting older residents to take part in cultural activities in the Theatre District. 

The prototype of the app being developed is divided into two main sections: a map and a list of activities. The Map section of the app would allow users to view bus times and navigational information as well as being able to click on venues to find out information about their accessibility and event. The Activities section of the app would list current events that would be happening in the Theatre District such as gallery exhibitions and activities as well as theatre events.

One of the concerns of the workshop participants is that there is no central, reliable place to find a list of activities in Milton Keynes. The gallery recognises that older generations are often the primary carers for young children and that cultural activities need to take this into consideration.  Other suggestions for the map included showing seating areas, disabled and free parking spaces and toddler activities for older residents looking after grandchildren.

It was emphasized by MK Gallery that the Theatre District was an important cultural centre of Milton Keynes which needed to be revived and made more inclusive in order to create an alternative culture to the vast shopping district of CMK. The new plans for MK Gallery would include a much larger gallery space, a cafe, a theatre and large areas of landscaping and so the hope is that the gallery will form a cultural centre to which they will attract older residents of Milton Keynes as well as other groups. Find out more about MK Gallery’s expansion plans here. The digital map would allow older residents to make the best use of this new gallery space and to engage in future activities at the gallery.

“As part of our City Club project, MK Gallery has been holding workshops with pioneer residents involved in the diverse urban planning and community practices of Milton Keynes. Residents have provided architectural drawings and community print that we’ve displayed in the Project Space. Working with Age UK Milton Keynes, we are interested to consider how older residents might use SMART technologies to network around and navigate to alternative cultural activity in the town centre.”

-Linzi Stauvers, Learning Project Manager at MK Gallery

 

A final workshop will be organised in May where the final options for the app prototype will be tested and explored. If you would like to attend please contact Caroline Odjidja at caroline.odjidja@ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk 

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What’s best about living on Conniburrow?

The 2017 Big Local Conniburrow Survey has been launched and we would love to hear your thoughts about living on Conniburrow. This will help Big Local Conniburrow determine their priorities in the future and help make Conniburrow an even better place to live. Questions include things like:

How do you feel about living on Conniburrow? 

What’s best about the community and living there? 

What suggestions do you have about making it even better? 

What impact has Big Local Conniburrow had on the estate so far? 

 

We would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes to answer this short survey at the links below:

BLC Survey 2017

When you have completed this survey, you can send your answers to Jessica at jessicam@communityactionmk.org

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Share your ideas to create an Age-Friendly & Accessible Map in Milton Keynes

On Tuesday 9 May from 10:30-12:30 at MK Gallery Space, Age UK and MK Gallery will be holding their third workshop to create a 2D Age-Friendly Map of  CMK and MK Gallery.

Michelle from Virtual Viewing, an MK-based app developer, will share with us the schematic for the pilot app which has been put together by people in their production department. This will allow us to raise any queries and provide final suggestions, or allow us to contribute additional information that was not included/expressed at the last workshop.

Find out more about Age UK’s Age Friendly Mapping project here.

We will also hear from MK Gallery about the Gallery’s expansion plans and programme.

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If you live in Milton Keynes, are aged 55+ or have accessibility issues, this is a fantastic opportunity to give your thoughts to what an age-friendly map of Milton Keynes would look like and what information needs to be included.

To book your place, please contact Caroline Odjidja at caroline.odjidja@ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk or on 01908 557891

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Thank you for attending a successful Spring Networking Event for the Voluntary Sector

On Thursday 20 April, Community Action MK hosted a Spring Networking Event at the Irish Centre for the Voluntary Sector across Milton Keynes and beyond.

It was a fantastic event attended by around 30 groups where valuable connections were made. Community Action also made use of the event to explore membership to Community Action and what services we can provide to other organisations across the sector.

Community Action believe that the sector is stronger together and we hope to continue to build good relationships across the sector.

 

If you would like to attend any future networking events please contact Jeanette Hyde at jeanette@communityactionmk.org

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Tackling Fuel Poverty on the Lakes Estate

On Wednesday 19 April from 13:00-20:00, the Lakes Residents Association held a drop-in Energy Event at the Spotlight Centre. The event was attended by Age UK Milton Keynes, Citizens Advice Bureau, the National Energy Foundation, Community Energy Platform for Energy (CAPE) and Swan Credit Union. The aim of the event was to engage with residents on their energy use and offer some advice to save money and energy.

The Lakes Residents Association was also handing out fleece blankets to children and vulnerable adults residing in Serpentine Court as it has been identified as an area of deprivation. This is part of their Our MK project funded by MK Smart, the OU and HEFCE to tackle fuel poverty on the Lakes Estate (See Tackling Fuel Poverty on the Lakes Estate on OurMK). About 100 blankets were handed out and the Residents Association also managed to collect further information about energy use and internet access on Serpentine Court.

The event was also used as an opportunity to sign people up to an LED light bulb swap project on the Community Energy Platform for Energy (CAPE). Over 200 LED light bulbs were handed out, which should result in an overall annual savings of over £50 per household and £1650 on the Lakes Estate (LED Bulbs specifications Apr 2017).

Over the next few weeks, we will be continuing to collect energy-related data from residents of Serpentine Court and handing out blankets to children and vulnerable adults. We will also be contacting those residents who joined the CAPE project and received light bulbs about furthering the project and the CAPE website.

If you would like to find out more or get involved please contact Jessica at jessicam@communityactionmk.org

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Summerfield Performance with Pete Marland

Children from Year 5 and 6 of Summerfield School on Bradwell Common got to quiz the Leader of the Council, Pete Marland, about his commitment to renewable energy when he visited the school on Wednesday 28th March.
Cllr Marland was invited by the Citizens MK Community Energy Campaign to come and see the children’s performance which was first showcased at the MK Community Energy Conference.  The performance included a series of sketches which highlighted the need to save energy and generate more from renewable sources.
At the end of the performance, Cllr Marland presented certificates to all the children who participated in the performance, and was given an original piece of artwork for his office wall, which showed a sun inside a light bulb, symbolising the power of the sun to power everyday objects.
He has committed to taking the school’s green energy campaign seriously, and announced that by 2030 50% of MK’s energy would come from renewable sources.
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